England's Ian Mosey holds a tantalising one shot heading into the final round of the Dan Technology Seniors Tournament of Champions at Mere G & CC near Manchester.
Mosey, 50, chasing his first victory in just his fourth start on the European Seniors Tour, added a battling level par 71 to his spectacular opening round of 64 to go into the closing 18 holes a single shot ahead of Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge and Canada's Bill Hardwick
American, Bob Lendzion, a previous winner of the Beko Seniors Classic in Turkey, returned a 70 to be alone in fourth place on five under par 137, with compatriot, Jerry Bruner fifth one shot further behind on 138.
Mosey, a former Monte Carlo Open winner on the European Tour, who was brought up in the Manchester area but now lives in Oxfordshire, started his second round with a birdie on the 520 yard par five opening hole and then hit every green in regulation before notching his second birdie of the day at the 494 yard par five ninth hole. He added his third birdie of the day at the 394 yard par four 11th but then undid all his good work with a bogey on the 463 yard par four 13th and a double bogey on the 435 yard 16th where he drove into trouble and then cleared the green with his third shot.
"It started out as a pretty good round but I am a little bit annoyed that I didn't quite finish it off," he said.
"I didn't feel as if I was hitting the ball all that well at any point in the round but, then, I didn't feel I hit it all that well in the first round either. At the end of the day, the big difference was that yesterday I had 24 putts and today I had six or seven more."
Cambridge, also chasing his first victory on the European Seniors Tour after an excellent rookie season during which he has recorded a total of nine top-10 finishes to date,, returned a flawless best of the day 67 to go into the final round on six under par 136. But it was Hardwick, the winner of the 1998 Ryder Seniors Classic, who had the best chance to catch the leader.
Coming down the last, a treacherous 487 yard par five, the Canadian hit a drive and a majestic six iron on to about ten feet, almost holed the eagle attempt but then inexplicably missed an 18 inch putt coming back.
"It was a terrible way to finish," he admitted after signing for his 69. "I hit a lot of good shots out there but didn't convert them.
The less said about the last, the better," he added.
European Senior Tour Order of Merit leader, Ian Stanley, made a significant move up the leaderboard when he added a two under par 69 to his opening 73. The Australian who heads the money list with record European Seniors Tour earnings of 259,766 euro (£162,501) moved up into a share of 12th place on level par 142, but still languishes three shots behind England's Denis Durnian, his nearest challenger in the race for the Order of Merit title..
Durnian, who came into this week's event 13,352 euro (£8,352) behind Stanley could well reduce that deficit considerably after duplicating the Australian's 69, to put him in a share of sixth place alongside Brazil's Priscillo Diniz, Northern Ireland's Paul Leonard and Welshman, Craig Defoy, on three under par 139.
Further down the leaderboard the defending champion, Denis O'Sullivan, from Cork, shaved five shots off his opening 78 but still props up the field on nine over par 151. He was one under par deep into his round but got plugged in two bunkers to run up ruinous double bogeys on the 13th and the 17th.
Italy's Alberto Croce, the winner of the 1995 Lawrence Batley tournament and the 1999 Temes Greek Seniors Open, retired after nine holes of his second round suffering from a back problem.